Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Scott
Born: 3 April 1897
Bio Notes: James Scott was born on 3 April 1897, the son of Peter Scott, farmer, and his wife Isabella Thomson at Drumbain in the Parish of Rothes. He was articled to Charles Chree Doig of Elgin on 19 March 1912. His apprenticeship was brought to a halt in November 1915 when he commenced war service. At the end of hostilities in 1918 he returned to Elgin and entered the office of John Wittet, Doig having recently died of heart trouble following shooting on Dallas Moor. After two years with Wittet he left to attend the diploma course at Aberdeen School of Architecture, and on receiving his diploma in 1922 he became an architectural and surveying assistant on the Cowdray Estates in Aberdeenshire. Of the following three years, he spent one working for the Aberdeen firm of A Marshall Mackenzie & Son.

In 1925 he emigrated to Singapore (sailing fromn Liverpool in June) to take up a post as assistant architect to the Municipal Commissioners, and he was still in that office when he passed the final examination in April 1931. He was admitted ARIBA early the following year, proposed by Percy Hubert Keys, who was then president of the Institute of Architects of Malaya, and the secretary of the same Institute. His later career is not recorded. He was still working in the Munical Architect's Office, Singapore, Straits Settlement in 1938-39 but he is no longer listed after World War 2. It is likely that he did not survive the war.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 111, Adam Park, Singapore, SingaporePrivate1931 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4Charles Chree Doig19 March 1912November 1915Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4John Wittet19181920Assistant 
Item 3 of 4A Marshall Mackenzie & SonAfter 1922Before 1925Assistantfor one year during this period
Item 4 of 4Singapore City Architect and Building Surveyor's Department1925After 1931Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Percy Hubert KeysEarly 1932for Associateship - as President of the Institute of Architects of Malaya


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1938The RIBA Kalendar 1938-1939 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2National Archives (via Scotlands People)Statutory births  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no4797 (combined box 36)